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International Festival

2016 International Festival

The annual International Festival is central Indiana’s largest and oldest pan‐ethnic celebration!

Hosted by the Nationalities Council of Indiana, the 2016 International Festival showcases Indiana’s ethnic diversity, celebrates our unique ethnic traditions, and encourages cultural exchange.  The fair took place on Nov. 10th – 12th in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The 2016 International Festival featured exhibits from the 50 + ethnic groups represented in Central Indiana as they gather to share their rich cultural histories and traditions. Highlights of the festival include authentic foods from 20+ ethnic vendors; continuous ethnic music and dance by local and national performing groups; Culture Booths hosted by volunteers in traditional dress where you can connect with your own ethnic heritage; artisans demonstrating unique cultural crafts; a Naturalization Ceremony and an International Marketplace offering gifts from around the world.

This year, our Institute displayed our interactive multimedia programs that students and families were able to enjoy.  The use of our touch screens enabled the public to have a greater understanding of Chinese history and culture.   They got to learn about Famous Chinese Dishes, Cities, Kung Fu, Chinese Characters, etc… We also displayed posters about the Traditional and Modern Chinese Residences and Housing such as Tulou and Siheyuan. Chinese Panda Mask Making Table and Chinese Calligraphy Name Writting was also included. The fair was a wonderful success and we appreciate the fantastic help that the volunteer students from IUPUI gave us.

Video of 2013 International Festival